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Report: Obama to Campaign with Running Mate Saturday in Springfield

By Shailagh Murray
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sen. Barack Obama's campaign has confirmed that the presumptive Democratic nominee will hold a rally in Springfield, Ill., on Saturday. Sources said he is likely to appear with his yet-to-be named running mate.

Obama announced his candidacy at the statehouse in Springfield 19 months ago. Who will be standing by his side on Saturday, however, remains a mystery.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 19, 2008; 2:29 PM ET
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McCain will be 72 years old on August 29th and he is no different then Bush with his disasterous policies that have made our country in to the mess that it is in now.

Get to the polls and vote for Barack Obama in November! I am getting fired up now, the Democrats need to unite and we need to get a win in November! My father, who was a great football coach and a Democrat, always had his teams motivated to play hard in the 4th quarter. Football games, and elections, are won in the 4th quarter.

We don't need 100 more years of war, 100 more years of economic recession, 100 more years of a health care and education crisis, and 100 more years of the same old Bush-like policies.

Future generations want to live in a world of peace and not fear, a world of happyness and not hate, and in a world that values people more then it values money. The Democrats value people, and the Republicans value money. The Democrats are the party of the people.


Posted by: Dan1967 | August 20, 2008 4:44 AM | Report abuse

What are those Americans thinking when they think that the experience that a president requires is that which was acquired half a century ago in some squalid prison cell. John McCain could not get a job running a prison on that resume - more or less running a country.

Posted by: Richard Donaldson-Alves | August 20, 2008 2:38 AM | Report abuse

Kaine or Sebelius or Biden.

It'll be Kaine or Sebelius if the following article means what I think it does (the mainstream media has the dirt on McCain and is going to go with it):

Otherwise, if this is going to be a close contest, then he'll take Biden to shore up the foreign policy credentials of the ticket.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 19, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

the text message just came through -- someone named Tom Ammiano, a city councilman in San Francisco...

Posted by: insidereport | August 19, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

It will be Richardson or Kaine. The person who said that Huck had no eperience compared to the Dems you are wrong. He served 2 terms plus another 2.5 years due to a Dem. Gov. scandal.

Posted by: MayBe Not | August 19, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

You can 'dangle the carrot' for only so long before the horse loses interest.


This is my last article on it to read or to comment.

I'll vote for whoever it is.

~ Jazz

Posted by: Jazziette | August 19, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

It's such a wonderfully kept secret I'm beginning to lose interest!


Posted by: Jazziette | August 19, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I will love them!



Posted by: I don't care who it is! | August 19, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell is my choice. Please Alma let him help Obama bring our troops home. who cares about Rep or Dem. We want the best team and that would be Obamas and Powell. Give him the chance to make all of this right. McBush is a hot head that will surely get more soldiers and Americans killed. Send him back to the senate to take a nap.

Posted by: Honey Rogers | August 19, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I hopes it's Bayh. He is the best choice, and is not a hothead like Biden. We'll wait and see.

Posted by: Zach | August 19, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing it will either be Tom Cruise, Evan Bayh, or George Clooney. All of those choices make my leg tingle, and I'm a straight male.

Posted by: Christopher M | August 19, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Could be Musharraf, since he is now out looking for a job and has lots of experience. True he would face some constitutional barriers, but he hasn't let that stop him in the past.

Could also be Lieberman, which sets up the possibility of having him in the VP slots for BOTH parties.

Posted by: Peter | August 19, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Kaine or Biden.

It'll be Kaine if the following article means what I think it does (the mainstream media has the dirt on McCain and is going to go with it):

Otherwise, if this is going to be a close contest, then he'll take Biden to shore up the foreign policy credentials of the ticket.

I think the pick will be Kaine. Because I think the dirt on McCain is real, is big, and is going to bring him down. This will be like '84, when Reagan smoked the ticket of Mondale and that... Queens Democrat, Ferraro.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 19, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama is so moderate on all of the issues that I hope to god that he chooses Kucinich. The white house needs to have someone closer to a socialist making some decisions!

Posted by: Anthony | August 19, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Please, let it be Colin Powell!

He is a man of integrity, and he has everything Obama needs to win.

Posted by: Lisa W | August 19, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Will Joe Biden be back by then?

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | August 19, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I do not think he is going to do this. Everybody needs to sit tight and wait for the conventions.

Posted by: Denise Groves | August 19, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

It should be Gore, Hagel or Clinton.

Posted by: Steve | August 19, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Every one is crazy that thinks Obama dude can run this country.

Posted by: Mary Ballew | August 19, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I like Senator Joe Biden.

Posted by: TL | August 19, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

All the political pundits and political commentary media will be going crazy this whole week trying to guess who Obama will be "allegedly" standing with in Springfield this Saturday. Meanwhile McCain will be on the outside looking in, especially since McCain's campaign fooled the media already when Bob Novak reported that the McCain campaign would announce the VP about 4 weeks ago.

Obama in 08!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 19, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Reagan!!

Posted by: anonymoustache | August 19, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: ash | August 19, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Kaine is my choice because of his record in leading forward what Warner had achieved in Virginia.

But whoever will be a welcome choice if the team can put us back on the right track toward a sound economy, one that integrates a green energy policy and provides serious health care reform. Painful pocketbook issues that hit us where it hurts.

Posted by: unemployed old white vet | August 19, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

His running mate will be Gen Zunni, expert on Iraq and Afgan war. National security and is outside of the washington beltway.

Posted by: omega2051 | August 19, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Michelle knows and you don't!

Posted by: Shush | August 19, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Cheney! It's Cheney!

Posted by: Porter Rockwell | August 19, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

It is going to be heard it here first

Posted by: Nigel | August 19, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

The wheels are definite;y turning at full speed now on the Veep process. No doubt Saturday will be the first big event with the new running mate. down to the question of "who." Gotta be Kaine or Biden, right?

Posted by: matt | August 19, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness that Mr. Obama is ready to put the death nail in McCant's campaign. I'm bored with McCant's overt attempts to lie and deceive the American public with his ads. It is obvious that McCan't has taken lessons from his benchmark for excellence; B.SH*tter Bush. Unfortunately many Americans are swayed by his brevity of words, which is actually an indication of his lack of intellect and ability to fully assess a question. Mc. Can't is Chauncy from the movie Being There, and Americans need to assess their current situation and recognize that we need to elect a president that is intellectually acute, bright and young, not an old warped war monger

Posted by: Alex | August 19, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I am pulling for Chuck Hagel.

Posted by: Corey | August 19, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton will be the only choice. Without her, Obama could go nowhwere!!!

Posted by: GW | August 19, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Biden will be a shortlived honeymoon. For many of the reasons why Jeralyn at talkleft has been perhaps the most astute Biden critic.

Posted by: Justin | August 19, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Watch out America, Barack Obama and Ross Perot, the dynamic duo

Posted by: Democrats4McCain | August 19, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I would love Sebellius - she's been a great two-term governor, which is as much or more experience than many of the presidential hopefuls had (like Huckabee, Romney, Giuliani, and Edwards).

Posted by: Jonathan | August 19, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Yes, It is going to Senator Joe Biden!

Posted by: JB | August 19, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

My hopes are for Nunn or Graham. Either would be great as leaders and also helping to carry either of their states.

Posted by: abcox | August 19, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

It's out Obama is picking Bruce Springsteen.

Posted by: Slap the Happy | August 19, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Too bad it won't be Al Gore!

Thankfully it won't be Hillary Clinton!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

It's very exciting. It's also great to see Obama back on the campaign trail.

He is a man of virtue. And though intelligence and thoughtfulness and character have been downplayed in recent years... I think people are ready to elect someone who actually thinks things through.

Posted by: Blip | August 19, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

This is GREAT!!! I hope it's John Kerry!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I have heard Bill Richardson's name surface again and again as a possible running mate for Obama and that would truly be a disaster. Richardson is a well-known womanizer and would ruin any chances we still have of winning back the White House in November.

Posted by: jka | August 19, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

it's wesley clark for those of you who don't know yet.

Posted by: bleh | August 19, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Please not Sebelius, no experience and will be considered a token !

Posted by: Marcus Welby | August 19, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I also hope it's a surprise, maybe Sebelius?
Also hope it's a surprise so that all the talking heads have to wipe some egg off their faces if the pick isn't one of the contenders they've been droning on and on about for the last month

Posted by: shek | August 19, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I am ready and fired up to do away with the GOP control. Look out McConeofsilence, you and the other Obama haters are about to become null and void.


Posted by: bongogirl | August 19, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

sure hope it is a surprise... like Leahy or Graham of Florida.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 19, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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